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Today in Cubs history: The 10-and-5 clause is invoked by Ron Santo

It led, briefly, to this part of the labor agreement being termed the “Santo clause.”

Duane Pesice put this note in Cub Tracks, but I thought you’d be interested in a few more details of the story of how Ron Santo became the first player to invoke his 10-and-5 rights under the then-new labor agreement between owners and players.

The contract clause allowed players who had 10 years of major league experience, and at least the last five with the same team, to veto any trade.

Santo, who had been a popular player over the first few years of his career, had fallen out of favor both with management and fans by the end of the 1973 season, and his production had fallen off as well. With 1973 being another year of collapse after a promising beginning, general manager John Holland made the decision to “back up the truck” and do what we’d now consider a teardown and rebuild.

Just three weeks after the season ended, Fergie Jenkins was traded to the Rangers. That was followed in November with the swap of Glenn Beckert to the Padres.

And on December 5, 1973, the Cubs announced they had reached an agreement …Read the Rest

Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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